Parish History

The Indian Telephone Industries Ltd. (ITI), a public-sector undertaking was established in 1949 on the Old Madras Road, about 15 km from Bangalore City. It built a township with 1000 dwelling quarters for its employees. During the 1950’s many employees moved into the new township. There were some Catholics too among them. They needed a Church to cater to their spiritual needs. The nearest church was at Thambuchetty Palya, which was 4km away and could be reached only on foot. In these circumstances, the Catholics keenly felt the need to have a place in the township itself for mass on Sundays. The I.T.I. management responded favourably to a petition submitted by the Catholics and permitted Sunday services in either the cricket pavilion or the sports club of the company. The successive Parish Priests of Thambuchetty Palya namely Rev. Fr. Gratian, Mgr. B. Colaco, Fr. Lawrence Noronha, Fr. S. Veigas and Fr. J.B. Fernandez came to the colony to celebrate mass. This system continued till 1975.

The Salesian priests and brothers of Kristu Jyothi College under Fr. Di Fiore extended their help to the Catholics in meeting their spiritual needs. Consistent with their vocation of the Salesians of Don Bosco. They concentrated their activities on the youth. They taught catechism to the children and involved themselves in social activities, sports etc. By this the Salesians earned themselves a couple of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The Sisters of St. Anne's of Bangalore led by Sr. Angela Mercy began primary education for the children by starting a school in front of ITI. They visited homes and brought help to the poor.

With the expansion of them, there was a remarkable rise in the catholic population in and around the ITI Township. As a result, the place of worship designated by the authorities was found inadequate. A permanent place of worship was found absolutely necessary. The enthusiastic Catholics made an earnest appeal to the government for a piece of land in the Colony for a Church. The government refused to yield to such a request. Then the Catholics approached Archbishop Thomas Pothacamury of Bangalore to build them a church near the township. The Parish Priest of Thambuchetty Palya also strongly recommended the petition. The Archbishop suggested that the Catholics of buy the land and the diocese would build a church for them. The Catholics of seriously took this challenge. The leaders of the community organized the collection of funds. They went door to door asking for donations, conducted Christmas carols, put up stalls and canteens on the annual feast day of St. Antony at Thambuchetty Palya etc. When a substantial amount was collected, a piece of land was purchased in 1968 at Ramamurthy Nagar where the church now is.

Archbishop Lourduswamy, the successor of Archbishop Pothacamury gave the green signal to proceed with the construction of the church. When he was appointed for Propaganda Fide in Rome, Archbishop Packiam Arokiaswamy succeeded him. Fr. J. B Fernandez, who was then the Parish Priest of St. Antony's Parish asked every earning catholic to contribute a day's wage monthly. Leadership and initiative also came from the Catholic Association of ITI who organized raffles, collected donations, etc. All the Catholics of Doorvani Nagar were happy about the idea of building the Church. Many contributed to the fund irrespective of their religion. The collections were insufficient but trusting in Providence Fr. J. B. Fernandez started the construction of the Church. St. Anthony's parish gave generously and a moderate structure was completed in 1975. There was no proper flooring. The furnishings were incomplete.

Archbishop Packiam Arokiaswamy blessed and opened Holy Family Church on 9th September 1975. It was a day of celebration and joy for all the parishioners. Children received First Holy Communion and Confirmation on that day.

The year 2000 was celebrated as the Silver Jubilee year of the erection of the parish. The Silver Jubilee was inaugurated with a solemn Eucharistic celebration wherein the former parish priests Frs. John Nedumpuram, Francis Xavier, and Sagayanathan concelebrated with the present parish priest. A Silver Jubilee Memorial was built with the contribution of the parishioners and a souvenir was released.

The prominent founding leaders of the church were M. Raphael, C.A. Thomas, B. Frank, A.S. Roman, Singharaj, Shri. Lazardo, Shri. Albuqurque, Francis D'Rose, Shri. S. Thambi Durai, Shri P. S. Asirvadam, Shri. RJ. Fabian, Mrs. Lopez, Shri. Albert D'souza, Shri. Francis Furtado, Shri. C. Soundarajan, C.J. George, Shri. P.B. Sebastian, Shri. A.J. Edwin, M.M. Thomas, C. Arulnathan, (Late) M. David, M. Thomas, Shri. Thankaraj, Shri. T.M. Sebastian, Shri. R.E. Sebastian.